I’ve got to be honest when I researched the trends, back in the summer, and saw that plaid was coming in for Autumn, it really didn’t excite me. Out came the plaid scarf I’ve had for the last 2-3 years as I racked my brains on how I could style this accessory a different way to last year! But hey how humble am I? – this season the high street has re-fashioned the plaid pattern, a la Vivienne Westward, as we have it in shirts, skirts, dresses, evening wear, shoes and handbags. It’s everywhere!!
Here comes my second confession – there was no way I was going to buy a plaid shirt as I thought I’d look frumpy and bigger in it. Yep I have one, it’s semi-fitted so it skims and slims and it doesn’t look like I’ve borrowed it from my lumber-jack boyfriend! (apologies a bit of creative expression thrown in there – “Mr S” doesn’t work for the forestry commission!)
Any how setting aside the vision of my hubby log-rolling! I’m loving my plaid shirt, I’ve worn it as a jacket, a tunic, with jeans, shorts (the one warm day we had last weekend) and with long boots and leggings! It’s become one of my most versatile items this Autumn.
Plaid can be a tricky pattern to style when we’re on the experienced side of 40, especially as it’s a key trend in all the stores that are targeting the younger market. So here’s my top tips for styling it to enable us to confidently walk that fine line between mutton dressed as lamb and matronly.
Firstly think “classy” styling rather than “grunge” styling – by grunge I mean, overly ripped jeans, over washed tee, a thick shirt/jacket in a dreary black based plaid and trainers – this is more a student look than over 40 look and you might get some disapproving eyes from teenagers. The mutton factor will also kick in if there’s too much flesh showing i.e make sure there’s no gapping when buttoned. If worn as a tunic with leggings ensure it finishes just above the knee, leggings can be as revealing as tights when stretched to capacity!
On the opposite side of the line avoid looking too matronly, by accessorising with some on-trend accessories such as a studded bag or cowboy style boots. A long pendant necklace and/or a contemporary belt and buckle can bring it up a view notches on the style-meter.
If the plaid shirt isn’t doing it for you then why not try a plaid poncho, a dress or a skirt worn with opaque tights and long boots. There’s lots of scope to get more creative with plaid this season – I’ve put together a couple of outfit ideas to get you started. Don’t forget to shop your wardrobe first it’s my guess you’ll find most of the key elements in there. Think outside the box and put your own spin on these outfit suggestions – choose different colours and alternative styles to flatter your figure ie.if you don’t have over the knee boots then knee highs will be just fine!
Like plaid or loath it I’d love to hear your thoughts just pop a comment in the box below!
Until my next post – Happy Styling!!
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